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Something that is very difficult to accomplish; a Herculean task; killer (1950+)
Someone who assigns and monitors extremely difficult tasks: a real ball-buster of a skipper (1970+)
An intimidating man; ruffian; enforcer, gorilla: It had been a mistake allowing these two ball-breakers in (1970s+)
A woman who saps or negates a man’s masculinity; castrating female (1970s+)

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